Our History


Brisa Builders Corporation is a family-owned development, construction management and general construction contracting firm founded by the late Lilly W. Keller under the advisement and support of her husband the late Thomas B. Keller. Together, the couple had a combined 70 years of experience in general contracting, construction management, real estate development consultation and property management. Beginning with Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation — the nation’s first community Development Corporation created by the joint efforts of Senators Robert Kennedy and Jacob Javits, Mr. Keller began his career as “a true community builder- for the community- by the community”.

For both faith- based and community based organizations, as well as New York City agencies Mr. Keller served as liaison between architects, lawyers, and owners and other general contractors in the building of housing for senior citizens, homeless persons, low and moderate income persons. He distinguished himself as human resource engine in the minority community, employing numerous sub-contractors and providing invaluable training in the construction and real estate management industries.


 

1967

Restoration Plaza

Thomas joined Restoration as VP/General Manager of Construction. He was responsible for building the headquarters for Restoration in the former Sheffield Milk Farm in Bedford Stuyvesant and led construction for the organization’s first 800 units of affordable housing.

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1997

Brisa Builders Corporation

Lilly and Thomas Keller founded Brisa Builders Corporation and completed  8 HUD 202s projects.

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2012

Ericka Keller

Brisa  Builders Corp. constructs first development project, Berean Apts. Ericka Keller joins the organization.

 
 
 

2016

Brisa Builders Development LLC

Brisa Builders Corp. constructs second development project  Thomas and Lilly Keller (TLK) Manor. Brisa Builders Development LLC is founded.